Blog Posts by Jim Rice

  • Community formation and social media: Four principles for nurturing community

    Posted Sep 02, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | Years ago, I was a member of an intentional Christian community in what was then a poor inner-city neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Community members met regularly to worship, discern and process community decisions, share meals, and sometimes just have fun together. At times the conversations among us were difficult and challenging, especially when conflicts or serious disagreements arose.

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  • Social justice and social media: An Anabaptist perspective

    Posted Sep 03, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | The beginnings were modest. “[L]ittle house-churches of earnest Christians began a spiritual emigration from Christendom. They were convinced that the world of nationalism and mindless technology which was emerging was hopelessly committed to war and violence. For Christians, perceiving the world’s rush toward self-destruction, the only answer was to restore a true church based on New Testament models.”

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  • Celebration and social media: Resources

    Posted May 28, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | New media lends itself organically to the celebration of community. As people of faith find more and more of their life together mediated and abetted through digital channels, they’ll find themselves naturally engaging in their communal celebrations online as well as in person. The celebration of worship is enhanced and extended by our digital connections, as is the music that lifts our spirits and soothes our souls.

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  • Prayer and social media: An Anabaptist perspective

    Posted Feb 26, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | Last week, a Mennonite pastor reported (in a face-to-face conversation, I might add) that she had recently gone off email, and presumably other social media, for three days, because “I was burned out.” After the break, she said, “I felt so much better going back to work after have three days off email.”

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  • When the medium is not the message

    Posted Dec 11, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | The Vatican announced on December 3rd that Pope Benedict XVI had joined the Twittersphere, and within a week the pontiff had more than half a million followers. An official statement from the Holy See said, “The pope’s presence on Twitter can be seen as the ‘tip of the iceberg’ that is the church’s presence in the world of new media.”

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